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Are All Human Beings Related?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.

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Where Did Human Beings Originate?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Louise Leakey describes her family's long search for early human remains in Africa, and how unlocking that mystery is the key to understanding our past and our future.

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Why Do We Continue To Care About Dinosaurs?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

Paleontologist Jack Horner explains what dinosaurs tell us about our own origins and what we can learn by attempting to revive a piece of the past.

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What Are The Origins Of The Universe?

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:23am

David Christian explains the history of the universe from the big bang, and how humans occupy little more than a millisecond on that cosmic timeline.

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VIDEO: Talking While Female

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 8:03am

For starters: Your voice is too squeaky, too loud; it lacks authority, is grating or obnoxious or unprofessional. Why is talking while female such an offense?

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A Wisecracking Biochemist Shares Her Kitchen ABCs

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:03am

Shirley Corriher, author of Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking, has tips on taking the bitter bite out of coffee, and holding onto cabbage's red hue while it's in the pan.

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European Scientists Conclude That Distant Comet Smells Terrible

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53am

A European spacecraft has picked up a foul odor emanating from comet called 67P/C-G. Imagine sharing a stable with a drunk person and a dozen rotten eggs.

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How Foodies Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 4:53pm

A viral video shows people lauding fare billed as an "organic" fast-food option that was actually McDonald's. It wasn't just pranksters playing tricks on these poor folks, but maybe their brains, too.

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FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:22pm

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies marketing products claimed to be cures for Ebola. One firm says it will drop such claims — but it's still selling the product.

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Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:49am

Is California's severe drought hurting the nutrient content of fruit? No, preliminary data on pomegranates suggest. The fruit may be smaller, but packed with more antioxidants, tests show.

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Scientists Fight For Superbug Research As U.S. Pauses Funding

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:58am

Frustrated scientists argued Wednesday that making nasty viruses even worse in the lab provides crucial insight into preventing pandemics. Others say it just ups the risk a lab germ will start one.

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Is There Really Such A Thing As A 'Trophy Wife'?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:47am

The idea of a "trophy wife" is common in popular culture: Attractive young women trade beauty for status by "marrying up" and finding wealthy husbands. NPR's Shankar Vedantam questions whether the belief is a real phenomenon.

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Bigger Than A T.Rex, With A Duck's Bill, Huge Arms And A Hump

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:31pm

Scientists first figured the claw-tipped, giant arm bones found in 1965 belonged to an ostrich-like dinosaur. But its recently recovered skull looks more like a dino designed by a committee — of kids.

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Sunken U-Boats Off North Carolina Coast A Significant Find For Historians

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 3:31pm

The North Carolina coast may be the last place you'd think to find a sunken German submarine from World War II. But that's what Joe Hoyt — a nautical archeologist — found on a recent expedition to the ocean floor. Robert Siegel talks to him about the underwater battle site there.

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A 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Reveals The Oldest Human Genome Yet

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 1:39pm

The DNA in this ancient Siberian leg bone shows that the man had Neanderthal ancestors — yet more proof that humans and Neanderthals interbred. And he lived much farther north than expected.

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Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 7:49am

Just because the Food and Drug Administration recalls a supplement because it contains dangerous substances, doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.

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Ebola Vaccine Could Start Testing In Africa By January

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:08pm

The World Health Organization says two vaccine candidates now undergoing small-scale tests of dosage and safety in people might be ready for broader deployment in Africa by early 2015.

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When Reassuring Isn't: Cruise's Needless Rush To Test For Ebola

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:47pm

Officials in Galveston, Texas, meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say the rush (which included a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter) was needlessly alarming.

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Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 2:53pm

Host Audie Cornish talks with Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about why water levels in lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron are rising.

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Our Skulls Might Have Evolved To Withstand Blows To The Face

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 11:04am

Many scientists believe that a diet of nuts, seeds and other tough, brittle foods shaped our faces, but a June study in Biological Reviews suggests that violence had a heavier hand in its evolution.

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